My time at the Ronald McDonald House
By: Konrad Raksa, Work and Travel Ambassador Scholar
Recently I had another amazing experience on my Work and Travel program, because I visited Ronald McDonald House in central Pennsylvania. In my native country of Poland, I have volunteered for a similar organization and so I wanted to know how everything worked here and how this foundation is different.
Opened in 1984, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is a foundation established to help families that have children staying in the hospital. Every year thousands of visitors come to Ronald McDonald House and spend, on average, 5 days stay. At the Ronald McDonald House in central Pennsylvania, families can be very close to their children who need to stay at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The care and support at RMHC is excellent. The Ronald McDonald House is able to provide lodging for 35 people every night. Guests are not charged during this time, and there are a lot of volunteers that help every day. The amenities included are a full kitchen, dining room, living room, free meals and a caring housekeeping department.
When I came to the Ronald McDonald House I was very excited that I could be a small part of this amazing charity. I saw a few small kids who were sick from cancer, bulimia, and autism. My volunteer position for the day was baking muffins, cookies and cakes in the kitchen for the children. I heard that the sick children were delighted with my treats and that they cannot wait to try more. I was happy, because I was able to see the smiles on their faces. Being in the hospital is a very hard time for them and for all their families, but places like Ronald McDonald House try to make this time easier. With this positive support, I strongly believe that all of them will come back home very soon. Go Greenheart!